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24 Sep 2018

Welcome to the Fleurieu Peninsula, home to Rapid Bay and Second Valley

How to get to Rapid Bay

  • Hire a car in Adelaide with Hertz, Thrifty or Avis.
  • Drive just one hour and 40 minutes to Rapid Bay.

The road to Rapid Bay, Fleurieu Peninsula

HOW TO GET TO SECOND VALLEY

  • Hire a car from Adelaide with Hertz, Thrifty or Avis.
  • Drive just one hour and 30 minutes to Second Valley.

Second Valley, Fleurieu Peninsula

Location

Hit the road with our three-day itinerary

See Second Valley and Rapid Bay on a three-day road trip through South Australia’s coastal playground: the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Just over an hour's drive from Adelaide lies South Australia’s coastal playground, the Fleurieu Peninsula. Here you’ll find some of our very-best beaches, plonked mere minutes away from world-famous restaurants and multi-award-winning wineries. Treat your senses to our three-day itinerary for the ultimate mix of food, wine and coast.

Day one

Arrive in McLaren Vale

Coriole Vineyards, Fleurieu Peninsula

Arrive at Adelaide Airport or pack your bags at home, then drive just 45 minutes to the Fleurieu Peninsula’s beautiful McLaren Vale wine region.

Check into Inkwell Wine's Hotel California Road

Hotel California Road, Inkwell Wines, Fleurieu PeninsulaCheck into Hotel California Road at Inkwell Wines, made-up of three luxury vineyard suites, nestled in a secluded valley near South Australia’s famed McLaren Vale wine region. Each private suite features a huge soaking tub overlooking rows of vines as well as floating king-size beds, large private decks and dual showers and vanities. 

Soak up the sun at Sellicks Beach

Post-wine, it’s time to hit the beach. Bundle into the car and in 22 minutes, you’ll be at beautiful Sellicks Beach. Sellicks is one of the few beaches in South Australia where you can drive right onto the sand. Bring your bathers in summer for a dip in crystal-clear Fleurieu waters or take a stroll below moody, rolling green hills in winter.

Dig into succulent seafood at Star of Greece

Dinner is cooking just 12 minutes away, at Port Willunga’s award-winning Star of Greece restaurant. Here, you’ll dig into South Australia’s most succulent seafood, overlooking towering cliffs, taking-in iconic views of Gulf St Vincent.

Day two

Sip and savour McLaren Vale's best wine

Mitolo Wines, McLaren Vale

Start the day picking up locally grown produce from the Willunga Farmer's Market, from fresh fruit and vegetables to jams, sauces, cheeses and baked goods.

Who says it’s too early for wine? Spend the rest of the morning cellar door strolling, visiting some of McLaren Vale’s finest wineries. Take your pick from some of our favourite McLaren Vale wineries.

Chill out at Second Valley

Second Valley, Fleurieu Peninsula by @wunderlust_media

Situated on the rugged southern coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, Second Valley offers ocean eye candy aplenty. Swim, dive, snorkel or kayak in the crystal-clear waters of Gulf St Vincent. Spend the rest of your afternoon exploring a labyrinth of caves, coves and rock pools.

Dine at Coriole's Gather restaurant

Freshen up at Hotel California Road, then drive to your dinner destination: Gather at Coriole. Gather's menu changes with the seasons, showcasing South Australia’s finest produce, no matter what time of the year you visit.

Day three

Enter the otherworldly d'Arenberg Cube

The d'Arenberg Cube, McLaren Vale

Grab a quick breakfast at the famed Mullygrub café, then stretch your legs with a walk along the pristine Port Noarlunga Beach.

Next, set your coordinates for the otherworldly d’Arenberg Cube, just a nine-minute drive away. Spend a day navigating the five storey multi-functioning wine centre, featuring a wine sensory room, 360-degree video room and beautiful panoramic tasting area. Top it off with lunch at the Cube’s restaurant; the first in Australia to create food using a 3D printer.

Spend the day at Rapid Bay

Rapid bay, Fleurieu Peninsula

Spend your last afternoon at Rapid Bay, nestled between long sandy beaches and towering cliffs. It's a paradise for divers and snorkelers, with dramatic shipwrecks and stunning marine life aplenty, including the famed leafy sea dragon.

Make a final stop at Beresford Wines in McLaren Flat, stock up on the region's finest, then hop in the car for a one-hour drive back to Adelaide's CBD.

Linger longer

Three days is just enough time to soak up the Fleurieu Peninsula, but there’s so much more to explore. Check out our Fleurieu Peninsula essentials below and extend your stay.


Explore Fleurieu Peninsula

See what the Fleurieu Peninsula has to offer

The Vineyard Retreat, McLaren Vale;
Accommodation in the Fleurieu Peninsula
d'Arenberg Wines, McLaren Vale;
Food and drink in the Fleurieu Peninsula
Road to Rapid Bay, Fleurieu Peninsula;
Reward your wonder in the Fleurieu Peninsula
Beresford Wines, McLaren Vale;
Things to do in the Fleurieu Peninsula
Lake Breeze Wines, Langhorne Creek;
What's on in the Fleurieu Peninsula